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Bolognese Sauce

Teri & Jenny
A deliciously hearty recipe for Bolognese Sauce that's perfect for cozy nights in. This recipe makes enough for a group of people and also makes really great leftovers! Make it with pasta, or on some buns for sloppy joes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 53 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 3 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 10 ounces lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces ground pork
  • 4 ounces sweet Italian sausage casings removed
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place Dutch oven over medium heat and melt butter and oil together.
  • Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sauté together until onions become translucent and vegetables soften, about 8 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, pork and sausage and break up using a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook mixture together, while stirring frequently, until meat loses its raw color, about 5 minutes.
  • Add nutmeg and milk and stir together. Simmer until milk reduces by 50%, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in canned tomatoes, including juices, and break tomatoes up with wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and simmer sauce for about 1 1/2 hours, occasionally stirring. If sauce becomes too dry, add ½ cup water and stir together.  
  • Adjust salt and pepper as needed and serve sauce with pasta of choice.

Notes

Make Ahead: This sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Once the sauce is made, cool it and store it in an airtight container until ready to use.

When ready to use pour sauce into a pot and simmer over medium-low heat, occasionally stirring, until heated through. If sauce is too thick, add 1/2 cup water to loosen. Adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) and serve.
To Freeze:Cool sauce completely and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then pour sauce into a pot and simmer over medium-low heat until heated through. If sauce is too thick, add 1/2 cup water to loosen. Adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 19gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 409mgPotassium: 664mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3844IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bolognese, bolognese sauce, pasta sauce
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